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5 Hacks Every Dad Should Know

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Everyone can use a few life hacks, right? I’m not an expert at fathering, but I’ve learned a few things since I’ve been in charge of a little human. I hope you can up your dad game with these 5 fatherhood hacks.

Dad Hack #1: Phone Case Money

Like most dads, I never have cash. I have cards and ApplePay. That’s what I use 95% of the time. It rubs off on my son too. When it came time to pay when playing grocery store with him, he pointed to his “scanner” so I could pay with ApplePay. But we do need to carry cash in case we end up at a delicious hole-in-the-wall barbecue joint in the middle of nowhere.

If you have a shell case for your phone, you have a secret compartment you never knew about. Pop your shell case off and store a $20 bill in that bad boy. Then slide your phone back into place. You’ll have an Andrew Jackson with you when you need it.

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Dad Hack #2: The Pocket Knife

Every dad needs a pocket knife. As a father you’ll be called on to perform all manner of tasks, much like a Swiss Army Knife. A knife is a tool for whatever life throws your way. You can cut open toys, open bottles and if necessary, use it as a self defense tool. There are many styles of knives to choose from, find the best one for you.

Dad Hack #3: The Double Turn

We’ve all been there. You’re reading an incredibly long Curious George book to your 1 year-old. It’s late. You’re tired, the kid is tired too. So you turn two pages instead of one. Now The Man in the Yellow Hat saves the monkey sooner and it’s off to bed.

The double turn is a sacred, long standing parent trick. Your parents did it to you too. Don’t believe me? Just ask. The truth will come out. You turned out okay didn’t you? So skipping a few pages a bedtime never hurt anyone. Just be wary, one day your little monkey will catch on.

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Dad Hack #4: Rockin’ Dad Bag

Going out with your sprout is fun. You venture off into the big world, just the two of you. You have your everyday carry and your child does too. Your kid needs diapers, a change of clothes and wipes to say the least. But your diaper bag is pink with hearts all over it. Not exactly the thing dads get excited about wearing.

Now your diaper bag and can boost your EDC game. With the High Speed Daddy Tactical Diaper Bag you can gear up with your little one and have all the storage you need for the both of you. This bag looks awesome and is very well made. You’ll be carrying it long after your kids are out of diapers. Get it today in The Secure Dad Store.

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Dad Hack #5: Doppelganger Loveys

Your baby will have tons of stuffed animals in their lifetime. But there’s that one that stands out above the rest. This is the “lovey”. The one thing your child can’t sleep without and you better always have it!

From the start my wife and I had a plan about our son’s “loveys.” We bought three of them. One to stay at home, one to go to preschool and one as a spare. Then we rotated them around so that they got even wear. We never had to worry if we had his lovey or not. Smart, right?

This worked great until our son was a mature three-year-old. One night he snuggled down with his crib lovey and then asked for his other one. Yeah, he’d caught on that we were pulling a fast one. From then on, he slept with two loveys and one stayed in his bag for preschool. It all worked out.

There are tons more dad hacks I’ve picked up on over the years. For more on fatherhood and family security, consider subscribing to The Secure Dad Newsletter.


Andy Murphy

Andy Murphy founded The Secure Dad in 2016 with the aspiration to help families live safer, happier lives. What started as a personal blog about family safety has turned into an award-winning podcast, an Amazon best-selling book, and online courses. He focuses his efforts in the areas of home security, situational awareness, and online safety.


Andy is a husband and father. His interests include coaching youth basketball, hiking, and trying to figure out his 3D printer.

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